Listen to this comedy tip.
PIG - Push It Good
Stand up comedy is a tough game: even the most talented, well-polished comics are likely to get heckled, booed, and mocked by a room full of people far more jaded and cynical than they are. As a result, it's easy to get discouraged and quit quickly. But you're not alone: some of your fellow comics are just as bad off. They're suffering from the same "pushing it" problem that plagues the rest of us.
Strive daily to get better and things will "magically" happen.
When you push yourself, you’re reminding yourself that life is a series of challenges and opportunities. You’re also marking your territory as part of the tribe—the people who are pushing themselves. You’re showing others what you’re made of. Do you feel like you have a lot going on and are unsure of where to go with your life? Are you frustrated that you're not making progress and would like to change things up? Well, luckily there is a way to put things into perspective and get a fresh start in your life.
The old adage "The harder you work, the luckier you'll get." is no truer anywhere than it is in stand-up comedy.
It's a familiar story for all aspiring comedians: you spend years honing your craft, and all the hard work pays off when you finally get a break. But the road to success isn't always easy, and in the end, the prize can feel like just a distant dream.
I once knew a comic that kept track of every show he performed on.
The typical first-time stand-up comic wants to be in a big room in front of thousands of people. However, most comedies aren't big rooms. The most common comedy stand-up clubs are open to fifty people. You've probably heard the joke, "how do you know when a comedian is going to bomb? You know when a comic is bombing, because he's the only comedian in the room."
I remember asking him for an update on his tally and he said "So far this year? Only 273." It was July.
Funny people are some of the hardest working people I know, and they have an even harder job in this day and age. Just look at the current state of the political arena, where there is little hope of any meaningful action from the politicians and few opportunities for the average citizen to do anything about it. It’s no wonder comedians are the lone voices of reason in all this madness.
That comic had only been doing stand up for a relatively short time but the next year he was featured as a contestant on a national comedy competition and reality show.
While being a comic is about being funny all the time, being successful can mean taking a little more time between shows to try and make better material, getting more comfortable at the club, and generally having a more consistent style of comedy that you can develop a fan base for. To make the transition from being a standup to being a working comic, the first thing you want to do is to get a better reputation for the audience.
It launched him into a headlining career.
The problem with making it in comedy is that it doesn't happen overnight. You have to start somewhere and slowly build an audience by doing open mics, local gigs, and slowly working your way up to bigger venues.
Sooner or later an opportunity of a comedy career lifetime will present itself and you sure as sugar need to be ready for it.
The most important thing you can do to get your comedy career off the ground is to perform comedy. This doesn't mean you have to spend the day at a comedy club every night and write your sets down on the set list. (That's usually a bad idea.) It means you need to be doing comedy. Even if it's only one time a month. Even if it's just before or after work. Even if it's just at a friends house.
Push yourself everyday to write more jokes, to perform more, and to ultimately be the best you can be at your comedy trade.
In summary, if you're serious about comedy, keep writing, keep performing and keep growing. Comics who are willing to work hard to push themselves will naturally find their way to the next level.
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